Multimorbidity Risk Assessment and Prevention through Health-Promoting Behaviors in Adolescents and Adults with Cerebral Palsy (2017)

This study seeks to rigorously study the impacts of physical activity, sleep, and diet in preventing stroke and heart disease in patients with cerebral palsy. While such impacts are documented in the population that does not have disabilities, the population who has CP and other physical disabilities is not widely studied with respect to the […]

Development and Validation of Epigenetic Signatures for Dyskenetic and Ataxic CP by Evaluation of DNA Collected from Peripheral Blood Samples and Determinations of DNA Methylation Pattern Differences Among Genes Associated with CP Diagnosis (2017)

This study looked for biomarkers in the DNA of people with dyskenetic and ataxic CP with a goal to help in CP diagnosis. A previous study by the group found a DNA biomarker in people with spastic CP. This is important because early diagnosis of CP remains difficult; earlier diagnosis allows earlier interventions. Additionally, an […]

Hypoxemia and White Matter Development in the Motor Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants (2017)

Researchers are non-invasively studying the brains of premature infants using advanced MRI techniques to determine the relationship between oxygen levels provided in the hospital and the impact on outcome with respect to cerebral palsy. Although low levels of oxygen related to prematurity are known to cause damage to the brain, further damage could also be […]

Neuroplastic Adaptations of Swallowing and Speech in Cerebral Palsy: a 2-Center Study to Identify New Treatment Targets (2017)

Researchers are examining the relationship between swallowing and speech mechanisms at several physiological levels. A better knowledge of typical and atypical development of swallow and speech could lead to improved treatments for these functions in cerebral palsy, which have the potential to be life-changing and life-saving. Initial Observations Core Questions Research Team